University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
A body of recent studies suggest men are objectified in the media, as men report increasing levels of body dissatisfaction and potentially, an array of negative consequences in response. Western media images of men, exemplified through media such as advertisements, television, and social media promote a “drive for muscularity” with attention to the upper body and abdominal region. Societal standards and norms have a documented influence on self-concept, and the current study investigates explicitly which influences hold the greatest magnitude during the development of one’s self-perception. In the present thesis project, men aged 18-25 were interviewed to gauge their perspectives on male objectification, masculinity, self-esteem, and body ideals. Interview questions were generated after reviewing relevant secondary research and were designed to be open-ended to spark conversation and produce qualitative data. The interviews were audio-recorded and edited thematically into a series of podcasts. The resulting podcast series, “One of The Boys” aims to lay a foundation accessible for public discourse, examining how college-aged men are socialized to view their bodies, the way men perceive male objectification, and the future of body representation in the media. The project finds coherence with much previous male objectification research, elaborating upon these with individual episodes including the body and masculinity, media influences that impact the formation of male self-perception, and the complexity of male objectification itself.
B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Body image in men; Objectification (Social psychology) in mass media
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Social Psychology
ii, 33 leaves
Thompson, Madelynne, "The effects of harmful male body representation: uncovered through the lens of podcasting" (2020). Honors Theses.